But, y'know...there's a lot that I haven't done. A lot that I'd love to be able to do, but just haven't quite managed it yet. And so, fellow gamers: I present to you the start of my "Gamer Bucket List!"
- I want to play Planescape. Oh, my yes. In all of its Victorian-philosophizing, genre-bending weirdness, I've never actually gotten to play in a Planescape game. I'd love to see that change sometime soon.
- I want to run a LARP. Still haven't managed to do this one, despite the WittKids having one every semester for the past few years. I think my penchant for causing inter-party strife would make an excellent asset for a diceless showdown.
- I want to play in a swashbuckling, high-adventure game. Not sure this one is going to be on the horizon, either, but I have a tendency to shy away from games with 'derring-do' in favor of more 'serious' games with elements of horror and suspense. Just once, I'd like to be able to cut loose and run a dashing swashbuckler with a devil-may-care attitude.
- I want to be scared in a horror game. Not saying that I want blood, gore, and entrails all over the floor, but I'd love it if a game actually managed to put some fear into my jaded gamer heart.
- I want to wean myself off of Savage Worlds. Not to say that it's a bad system--far from it! It's becoming my go-to system for all things. But, there are some things that it just doesn't do particularly well: actual horror, for one.
- I want to do some more reading. While I've done a fair amount of reading in terms of game-books, my actual reading list has shied away from genre-fiction in the last 5 years and more towards heavier literature or (for light reading) comics. I haven't touched sci-fi or fantasy novels in years and, judging by the field out there, it's not likely that I'll return anytime soon.
- I'd love to be able to field-test a new system. While writing Cold Steel Wardens, my influences are pretty evident--4e D&D, Savage Worlds, ICONS, Heroes Unlimited, and Mutants and Masterminds to name a few--but it'd be great to see someone else going through the playtesting process.
- I want to run one of the classic campaign arcs for a chosen system. This could be any number of games: the "Dime Novels" of Deadlands, the original Temple of Elemental Evil series for D&D, or the plot point campaign of Necessary Evil. I've had a lot of fun with "The Flood," but there are so many classic campaigns out there to sample...